Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced that Ms Jean Dunn will be Australia's next Ambassador to Poland, with non-resident accreditation to the Czech Republic.
Ms Dunn is expected to take up her appointment in January 2012. She will replace Ruth Pearce who has been Ambassador since July 2008.
Poland and Australia enjoy friendly, co-operative relations with strong people to people links. The Polish-Australian community is especially active in the fields of business, academia, politics and the arts.
The 2010 signing of the Australia-Poland Social Security Agreement reflects the close ties between Australia and Poland. An estimated 164,000 people of Polish ancestry live in Australia.
Australia's relationship with Poland is expanding as both countries pursue a shared commitment to international peace and security issues, including the reconstruction of Afghanistan and nuclear disarmament. In its current Presidency of the EU, Poland is demonstrating its leadership role in the international arena and in promoting democratic reform.
Bilateral relations between Australia and the Czech Republic are also strengthening with the recent signing of the Air Services and the Social Security Agreements. Trade between the two countries increased by 20 percent in 2010. Growing numbers of tourists and students travelling between the two countries have further contributed to the deepening of bilateral ties.
Ms Dunn is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and served as Australian Ambassador to Lebanon from 2009 to 2010 and to Turkey from 2004 to 2007, with earlier postings to South Korea and the United States of America.
Ms Dunn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Japanese language and politics from Monash University. She has three children.
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